Volunteers ready but left out of spill cleanup - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Volunteers ready but left out of spill cleanup

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP and the Obama administration face mounting complaints about cleaning up what may now be the biggest spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico.

Critics say they are ignoring foreign offers of equipment and making little use of the fishing boats and volunteers available to help clean up.

The Coast Guard said there have been 107 offers of help from 44 nations. But many of those offers are weeks old.

Many fishing boats hired for the cleanup have done a lot of waiting around.

The frustration extends to the volunteers who have offered to clean beaches and wetlands. More than 20,000 volunteers have signed up to help in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Yet fewer than one in six has received an assignment or the training required to take part in some chores.

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